• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bettering changing for the better
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"Had You not Better Throw me into the Millstream?" "Had You not Better Throw me into the Millstream?"
You Better Call It a Draw 147 You Better Call It a Draw 147
You better take a fresh middle You better take a fresh middle

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men are able to read fine print better than women can
    • Bettering improving
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  • Harold S. Geneen
    “It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    “Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.”
  • Richard Hooker
    Richard Hooker
    “Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    “There are two kinds of fools: One says, This is old therefore it is good. The other one says, This is new therefore it is better.”
  • Sidney Madwed
    Sidney Madwed
    “The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “To change and change for the better are two different things”


Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion - This means that it is better to be the head or at the top of something that isn't very important or prestigious than a small or unimportant member of something big.
Better half - Your better half is your husband or wife.
Better late than never - This idiom suggests that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
Better safe than sorry - This idiom is used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
Better than a kick in the teeth - If something is better than a kick in the teeth, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
Better than a stick in the eye - If something is better than a stick in the eye, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
Better the devil you know - This is the shortened form of the full idiom, 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't', and means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know, even if they are not ideal, than take a risk with an unknown person or thing.
Discretion is the better part of valour - This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.
Half a loaf is better than no bread - It means that getting part of what you want is better than getting nothing at all.
If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch - If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.
Make a better fist - If someone makes a better fist of doing something, they do a better job.
Seen better days - If something's seen better days, it has aged badly and visibly compared to when it was new. The phrase can also be used to describe people.
Two heads are better than one - When two people work together more things get accomplished.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bet (adv.), betera, better; Goth. batiza, Ger. besser. Prob. cog. with Boot.


In literature:

It also renders the skin soft and pliable, thus better adapting it to the movements of the muscles.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
You haven't a much better friend than I am, and I'm sure she hasn't a better friend than my wife.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
A change for the better in a student may not be manifest till it has been in progress for years.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
In the comparison we see better merchants, better stores, and higher business ideals among us.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
She looks a good deal better, now, than she did a month ago.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
When I am out there, I may hear of something better.
"With Kitchener in the Soudan" by G. A. Henty
My father has been much better during the last three or four days.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Heap better than I ever was 'cause she never lacked the stuff to fix and I come short there.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
It often does far better than this.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
If you'll inquire, you'll find there isn't a fellow in Norfolk pays his way better than I do, or is better able to do it.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Then, perchance, a sunny ray
From the heaven of fire,
His lost tools may over-pay,
And better his desire.
"Loss And Gain" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘Susaddah!’ exclaimed Ibsen
‘By dose is turdig cribson!
I’d better dot kiss you.
Atishoo! Atishoo!
"Clerihew – Ibsen" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Bitted him and drew his girth,
Watered from his helm:
Happier knight or better worth
Was not in the realm!
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
My heart is crying, tireless,
The word it has to say.
What need have we of wireless
Who know a better way?
"The Liner" by John Le Gay Brereton
"Knight of a better era,
Without reproach or fear!
Said I not well that Bayards
And Sidneys still are here?
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thou lab'redst hard to teach thy race
A Saviour's love,
And point them to that better place
In heav'n above.
"In Memoriam, On The Late Right Reverend Richard Allen, First Bishop Of The A. M. E. Church" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

New Sounder rail bridge over Pacific Avenue looks a little better with railing, lights (but not much better).
Customers contacting the Imperial Irrigation District over the telephone can now expect better functionality and, as a result, better service.
Move Better, See Better and Work Better with Toshiba's Workrite Cardiovascular X-ray Technology.
Better Malt Makes Better Beer.
Good customers will receive better benefits in the form of a higher level of service and better pricing.
Growing better crops starts with better seeds.
Justin Morneau feels better than he has in months and is swinging the bat better than he has all spring.
If only the campaign had been better (How exactly was it supposed to have been better?
Though charismatic managers can be quite effective, a recent study suggests their organizations might be better served if they did a better job of keeping their enthusiasm in check.
Tax cheaters are more likely than non-tax cheaters to feel they are smarter, better-looking, and better lovers than their neighbors.
Better watch out, better not cry, cause SantaCon is rumbling through town.
Better coverage at a better price.
(AP) — The Better Business Bureau that serves Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa has announced a merger with The Kansas Plains Better Business Bureau that serves most of Kansas.
It is this, as you will see, that has shaped Kay 's path, this love of people and the desire, and need, to help those around her not only feel better but live better.
"The better team won, the better team won," Lancer coach Rick Conner said.

In science:

In summary, the constraint-based encodings provides better performance in most of the instances, especially considering their better scalability w.r.t. the size of the instances.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
If one uses the longer tables of the sequence of the previous values, from one hand it makes the generator period longer and its statistics properties better, as well as allows to simplify transformation function f for getting better output of the generator.
Pseudo-random number generators for Monte Carlo simulations on Graphics Processing Units
The former was found (Merritt et al. 2006) to provide better fits to halos of a wide range of masses, though the latter performed slightly better specifically for cluster halos (and only slightly worse for galaxy halos).
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
Skyline Operator The Skyline operator [27, 28] seeks a set of points where each point is not “dominated” by some others: a point is included in the skyline if it is as good or better in all dimensions and better in at least one dimension.
Diamond Dicing
There may be a preference for a harder ionising power-law than we have adopted, which will boost [S II] and [N II] relative to Hα, yielding a better fit in Fig. 5b. A harder ionising continuum will also lead to a better match to the [O I] strengths in Fig. 5d.
The Nuclear Outflow in NGC 2110